Paramount's First Movie-Themed Hotel Will Open In Dubai
Though we had initially reported that Paramount Pictures' first batch of movie-themed hotels would pop up in places like Brazil, the UK, Russia, and Qatar, it looks like the brand's premier hotel will actually be in Dubai.
The city is hardly in need of yet another flashy, Western-themed resort, but Dubai is also exactly the kind of place where something like this would take off. And we're not just saying that. Last week, when the first phase of residences went on sale (the 540-room tower will include both a hotel and luxury residences), they sold out within hours, according to Arabian Business.
Paramount Hotel & Residences is set to open around the end of 2015, and will be part of a complex featuring four 820ft-tall towers. In the center of the complex will be a multi-level plaza featuring restaurants, meeting and event facilities, a screening room, a fitness center, pool, kids club, and retail outlets.
A Paramount Pictures merchandise shop will be a necessary part of this equation too, so if it's Raiders of the Lost Ark* t-shirts you're after, then you're in luck.
Guests can also take advantage of the hotel's "mini-theaters" as well as a comprehensive library of Paramount Picture films to watch on your laptop—and if you get bored of those, you can gaze out at Burj Khalifa (and the Armani Hotel), which are practically within spitting distance of the hotel.
* Breakfast at Tiffany's, Titanic, The Godfather, and Forrest Gump are other classics in the Paramount catalog.
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